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2017年9月19日

Abe arrives in NY for UN Assembly, summit talks

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and to hold talks with other world leaders.

Abe will speak before the Assembly on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he will meet with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

During the visit, Abe plans to urge nations to put more pressure on North Korea. The North is continuing to pursue its nuclear and missile development programs despite international criticism.

Representatives from 193 UN member states will state their positions on various international issues this week.

On Tuesday, Trump will speak before the UN Assembly for the first time.

One question is whether he will state a willingness to cooperate with other countries when dealing with global challenges, such as the fight against global warming, as well as the protection of refugees and migrants.

The US government has officially informed the UN that it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Trump is also calling for tighter controls on immigration.


North Korea is expected to be high on the agenda at the General Assembly. Foreign Ministers of the Security Council member states are expected to sit down to discuss the issue.


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2017年9月16日

Robotic suit to help elderly stand up and sit down

Engineers at a Japanese venture firm say they have developed a robotic suit that makes it easier for the wearer to stand up and sit down.

The product, which is designed to be worn around the hips, detects electrical signals from the brain and activates a motor to support the wearer's movements. It was created by Cyberdyne, a company based in Tsukuba City, near Tokyo.

The government approved the firm's previous robotic suit model as medical equipment because it might help improve the walking capabilities of people afflicted with illness.

Engineers at the firm say their latest model weighs 3 kilograms, less than one-fourth of the previous robotic suit.

They also decreased the number of electrodes used to detect electrical signals from eight to one, which makes it easier to wear.

The firm plans to start selling the product to daycare facilities next month to assist the elderly and others with weakened muscles.

Ikuo Kudo of the firm said he hopes the device will come into wide use as it can ease the burden on caregivers.


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2017年9月15日

N. Korea missile lands in Pacific Ocean

The Japanese government says a ballistic missile launched from North Korea has flown over northern Japan and fallen into the Pacific Ocean 2,000 kilometers east of Hokkaido at around 7:16 AM local time.

Japanese officials say the missile was fired at around 6:57 AM from Sunan, near Pyongyang. The missile likely reached an altitude of 750 kilometers and flew 3,700 kilometers.

Japan's foreign minister says judging from its range, it is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The government's top spokesperson says no debris has fallen in Japanese territory, adding that no aircraft or ship has been hit.

This comes just a day after North Korea threatened to sink Japan with nuclear weapons and reduce the US to ashes and darkness.

The Japanese government is holding a national security council meeting.

The South Korean military has just conducted a short-range ballistic missile firing drill in response.

South Korean President Moon Jae In says the country's national security council will also hold an emergency meeting.

Last month the North fired a missile over Japan. The latest launch is the sixth time it's happened. It also comes just under 2 weeks after Pyongyang conducted its 6th nuclear test.

In response, the United Nations Security Council issued fresh sanctions against the North this week. They include a cap on oil imports to the country, a ban on its textile exports, and a freeze on new work permits for its laborers abroad.


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2017年9月12日

UNSC approves new sanctions on N.Korea

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a new sanctions resolution on North Korea, expanding the targets of sanctions.

The Security Council adopted the resolution on Monday, 8 days after North Korea carried out its 6th nuclear test.

The resolution caps the volume of annual crude oil exports to North Korea at the level of the past 12 months.

The draft resolution prepared by the United States called for an oil embargo and an asset-freeze targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but the resolution contains neither measure.

The new resolution also bans North Korea's textile exports and prohibits other countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers. Both textile exports and the presence of North Korean workers abroad are key sources of revenue for Pyongyang.

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return."

She said if North Korea gives up its nuclear program, the world will live in peace with it, but if not, the Security Council is saying "we will act to stop it ourselves."

Japan's UN Ambassador Koro Bessho said that if North Korea wants peace and security, it needs to demonstrate concrete measures for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula


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2017年9月11日

Total oil ban not to be included in UN resolution

A UN Security Council sanctions resolution to be put to a vote on Monday will place a ceiling on crude oil exports to North Korea instead of a complete oil embargo.

It remains unclear whether China and Russia will support the resolution. Both countries have veto rights and are cautious about strong sanctions.

The United States last week circulated a draft resolution among the Security Council member nations after the North's 6th nuclear test on September 3rd. It included a total ban on crude oil and gas exports to the North.

The US in the past had claimed that only a crude oil embargo will have enough impact to change North Korea's actions.

Oil supplying nations China and Russia strongly opposed. They say the impact an embargo will have on the people of North Korea will be too great.

UN diplomatic sources say the draft resolution may be altered at last minute. They are suggesting that US negotiations with China and Russia will continue behind the scenes.


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2017年9月10日

Hurricane Irma, now a Category 3, heads to Florida

People in the US state of Florida are bracing themselves for Hurricane Irma. About 6.3 million people, a third of Florida's population, have been ordered to evacuate before the Category 3 storm closes in.

At 6 PM UTC on Saturday, American meteorologists said Hurricane Irma was near Cuba's coast, moving west-north-west at 15 kilometers per hour. It was packing winds of up to 205.2 kilometers per hour, with a central atmospheric pressure of 941 hectopascals.

Reuters reports that at least 22 people were killed by the storm on the Caribbean islands.

Meteorologists expect Irma to strengthen again as it approaches Florida. It could make landfall.

Local media outlets have shown footage of people preparing sandbags. They have also shown video clips of residents lining up at gas stations, attempting to secure enough fuel to flee.

Officials in the neighboring state of Georgia have also ordered residents in some areas to evacuate. The hurricane is expected to head north after hitting Florida.


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2017年9月8日

M8.2 quake off south Mexico

At least 6 people are dead as tremors continue to rock Mexico after a massive earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country. It happened late Thursday.
Japan's meteorological agency says the quake measured 8.2.

The US geological survey reports the initial quake's epicenter was about 120 kilometers off the southwest tip of the country, near the border with Guatemala.

It says it struck at a depth of about 70 kilometers. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is issuing a tsunami threat for the region. It says waves reaching more than 3 meters are possible for some parts of the Mexican coast. Tsunami waves up to 1 meter have already been observed.

Local TV footage shows buildings shaking.
There are reports that several buildings are severely damaged in the south of the country.
NHK reached a hotel worker in a city close to the epicenter who described the tremors. He said "It was strong. It felt very, very strong. Thank God the electricity didn't cut out. People are afraid there might be more earthquakes."

Several hundred kilometers away people reportedly fled from buildings in the Mexican capital. Windows were reportedly broken at the airport there and power was out in several neighborhoods. This is apparently the largest quake to hit Mexico City since 1985, when a Magnitude 8.1 quake killed thousands of people.


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2017年9月7日

Abe, Putin agree N.Korea poses grave threat

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed that North Korea's nuclear tests pose a grave threat to peace and stability in the region.

Abe and Putin spoke at a joint news conference after meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East.

Abe said they agreed that North Korea's nuclear tests were a major challenge to the global non-proliferation regime.

He said Japan condemned the North's ballistic missile launches and the 6th nuclear test in the strongest terms.

He warned that North Korea will have "no bright future" if it continues on its current course, and said Pyongyang needs to understand this and change its policy.

Abe said that he and Putin agreed to work closely on North Korean issues at the UN Security Council, and on other occasions.

Putin agreed that North Korea poses a major threat to peace and stability in the region.

He stressed that North Korean issues, especially the nuclear problem, can only be resolved by political and diplomatic means. He said it is important to reduce tensions first, and then hold dialogue between all the relevant countries.

Putin said this approach is outlined in a roadmap that Russia and China have proposed as a way of bringing a phased resolution to the crisis.


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2017年9月5日

Usain Bolt attends children's race in Kyoto

The world's fastest sprinter Usain Bolt has enjoyed watching a children's race in Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record of 9.58 seconds in the men's 100 meter race, retired from competition after the World Championship in London last month.

Bolt gave tips on running to the children at an event in the traditional Gion district on Tuesday.

Spectators cheered as he struck his signature "archer" pose with traditional female entertainers called "maiko".

Bolt said it is his first visit to Kyoto and that he wants to visit the city's wonderful temples.

 
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2017年9月3日

Princess Mako says she is happy

Japan's Princess Mako is getting engaged to a college friend, Kei Komuro. Plans for the engagement were formally announced on Sunday by Japan's Imperial Household Agency, setting off what is likely to be a year-long process before the couple marries.

In a news conference, Princess Mako said, "Today, I have received permission from the Emperor. I am very happy that we are getting engaged."

Komuro said, "Together we would like to make a home where we can always be ourselves and live in peace."

The couple smiled at each other as they answered questions from reporters.
The formal announcement was expected in early July but was delayed after a rain disaster struck western Japan.

Princess Mako is the eldest child of Prince and Princess Akishino, and the oldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito. The 25-year-old is currently pursuing a doctorate and works as a museum researcher.

Komuro is also 25 years old. He works as a paralegal and is studying business law at graduate school. The couple met about 5 years ago while studying at the same university in Tokyo.


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N.Korea: 'Hydrogen bomb' test a success

North Korea's state-run Korean Central Television announced at 3:00 PM, local time, on Sunday that the country had conducted its 6th nuclear test. It said the test was for a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, and it was successful.

It added that the test was the most powerful so far and the results have boosted the bomb's reliability.

The announcement also said the test was perfect and it has significantly improved the precision of the country's nuclear warheads and shown their dependability.

It said the test is a meaningful step in achieving the country's goal of the completion of nuclear armament.

The previous test was carried out last September. It's the first time the North has conducted a nuclear test for the 2nd year in a row.


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S.Korean media reports on possible nuclear test

South Korean media are reporting North Korea may have carried out an underground nuclear test.

If confirmed, it would be the country's 6thnuclear test.

Yonhap news agency is quoting a South Korean government official who says seismologists detected tremors.

Analysts in Seoul are trying to determine if the cause was a nuclear explosion.

Instruments tracked the tremors to in Kilju county in the northeastern part of the country where all nuclear tests have been conducted.

North Korea has already conducted 5 nuclear tests there...in 2006, 2009, 2013, and two in 2016.


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2017年8月30日

Abe, May likely to discuss N.Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart Theresa May began unofficial talks in Kyoto, following her arrival in Japan earlier on Wednesday.

In the meeting over dinner, they are believed to be discussing regional issues, including North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan on Tuesday.

Earlier, Abe invited May to a tea ceremony in the ancient Japanese capital. This is May's first visit to Japan as prime minister.

During his stay in the UK in April, Abe was invited to the British prime minister's official Chequers residence.

The 2 leaders are to go to Tokyo later in the day to hold summit talks on Thursday.

They are expected to release a joint communique calling for stronger security cooperation and economic ties.


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2017年8月29日

North Korea's missile lands off Japan's east

Pyongyang has fired a missile over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

Japan's government says it might have been an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

It split into three pieces before splashing into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday morning. There are no reports of damage.

South Korea's military says the missile reached an altitude of 550 kilometers and flew about 2,700 kilometers.

It suggests it was fired from close to the Pyongyang International Airport.

Tensions between North Korea and the US have been high, after the American president ramped up his rhetoric against the reclusive country.

On top of that, US and South Korean forces are conducting joint military exercises. They began last week and are scheduled to continue until Thursday.

Both countries have been stepping up readiness ahead of the North's National Foundation Day in early September. Experts say that the anniversary could mean more tests or launches.

This is the 5th time North Korea has flown a missile over Japan.

The Japanese government issued an emergency warning, calling on residents in Hokkaido to take shelter.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea's latest missile launch is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat for Japan.

He was speaking to reporters after a ministerial meeting of the National Security Council.

Abe said the Japanese government had closely tracked the missile's entire flight after it was launched early on Tuesday. He said the government had taken every imaginable measure to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens.

The prime minister said that the government lodged a strong protest to Pyongyang. He also said Japan will ask the UN Security Council to convene an emergency meeting, and call on the international community to put more pressure on the North.

Abe added that the government will do its utmost to guarantee the safety of Japanese citizens under a strong Japan-US alliance.


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2017年8月23日

Trump: Kim Jong Un 'starting to respect' US

US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take more positive moves to ease tension over Pyongyang's arms programs.

Trump said at a campaign rally in Phoenix in the western state of Arizona on Tuesday that he respects the fact that Kim is starting to respect the US. He also said that something positive can come about, but probably will not.

Last week, Trump welcomed Kim's reported remark that he would watch the conduct of the US a little longer. The remark was related to the North's plan to fire ballistic missiles toward waters around the US territory of Guam.

In Tuesday's speech, Trump also spoke about the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. He has been calling for a thorough review of the pact.

Trump said he doesn't think the US can make a deal, and that his country will probably end NAFTA at some point.

The first round of talks to renegotiate the 3-nation agreement closed on Sunday. It highlighted differences between the US and the 2 countries. Mexico and Canada oppose major changes.

Also in the speech, Trump showed willingness to build a wall on the border with Mexico to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. He called on Congress to allow funding for the wall.


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US Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander

The US Navy has dismissed Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as the commander of the US 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, following a series of collisions involving US naval vessels. Two of the accidents caused the deaths of sailors.

The US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said on Tuesday that the dismissal was due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

It said Rear Admiral Phillip Sawyer would assume command immediately. He is to be promoted to Vice Admiral.

The Aegis destroyer USS John S. McCain of the 7th Fleet and an oil tanker collided in waters off Singapore on Monday, leaving 10 sailors missing.

The navy says rescuers have found human remains but have yet to identify them.

In June, a similar destroyer of the fleet, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship off Japan, killing 7 sailors. Two more accidents took place in the Asia-Pacific region this year.

The US Navy has ordered a temporal halt to its fleet operations worldwide to confirm safety. The navy says it is closely examining training and maintenance work in the 7th Fleet.

Some people in the US believe that cuts in the defense budget are behind the accidents, as well as the increased workload of naval vessels, which have to respond to regional situations, such as North Korea's test-launches of ballistic missiles and China's increasing maritime activities. The navy will look into these concerns in its investigation.


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2017年8月22日

Defense ministry eyes record budget for FY2018

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to request a record budget for the next fiscal year as North Korea continues its nuclear and missile programs.

The ministry will seek about 5.25 trillion yen, or around 48.2 billion dollars, for the year starting April 2018. That's up 2.5 percent from the budget for the current fiscal year.

An unspecified amount of the budget will be earmarked for the introduction of a new US-made missile defense system known as "Aegis Ashore." It is a land-based version of the Aegis system deployed on ships.

The ministry is also to request funds to acquire a new type of missile interceptor called "SM-3 Block IIA" for Aegis ships, and to develop advanced radar capable of detecting and tracking ballistic missiles.

This is in response to North Korea's repeated test-firing of missiles on a so-called "lofted" trajectory, in which a missile is launched to a higher altitude than normal.

The ministry also plans to build 2 escort ships and a submarine to beef up its capabilities to defend remote islands and waters around Japan, amid China's growing maritime activities.

It will also ask for financing to buy 6 state-of-the-art F-35A fighter jets and 4 Osprey transport aircraft.


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2017年8月20日

Sagrada Familia church reportedly potential target

Some Spanish media outlets say perpetrators of the deadly terror attacks were planning to blow up multiple popular tourist spots in Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia church.

Vehicles plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona and the coastal town of Cambrils last week. The attacks left 14 people dead and more than 120 others wounded.

Some Spanish media reports quote investigative sources as saying the perpetrators were a group of 12 youths, mainly Moroccans.

Police found a large number of gas canisters and other materials at a home in the town of Alcanar, some 200 kilometers from Barcelona.

An explosion occurred at the house on the day before the Barcelona attack. Police suspect the perpetrators hastily carried out the vehicle attacks after they mistakenly caused the blast while preparing explosive devices.

Police are interrogating 4 suspects on suspicion of planning the large-scale terror attack. They are also looking for the main suspect who drove the van in Barcelona.

The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks.


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2017年8月19日

Trump's strategist Bannon fired

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Bannon wielded strong influence in the Trump administration. And he has been described as Trump's closest aide or behind-the-scenes fixer.

Bannon was chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He was even called one of the key players in Trump's victory.

Bannon upheld measures against illegal immigrants. His conservative hardline policy has been reported to have created conflicts with President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Earlier this month, a clash between white supremacists and opponents led to a death and injuries in the state of Virginia. The incident triggered calls for the dismissal of Bannon for his white supremacist tone.


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2017年8月15日

Kim Jong Un briefed on Guam missile plan

North Korea says its leader Kim Jong Un has been briefed of his military's plan to fire missiles near Guam. But he reportedly said he would watch the conduct of the United States a little longer before making a decision.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday that Kim inspected the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army on Monday.

State-run TV aired photos of Kim being briefed by the commanding general. It also showed a map highlighting what appears to be the missile flight path, with a line stretching from the Korean Peninsula over Japan to the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Maps of Japan, South Korea and the US are seen on a wall, while a satellite photo of what appears to be a US base in Guam is displayed on a monitor.

The report says Kim examined the launch plan, and told the Strategic Force to be ready for an order at any moment.

However, it also quoted the North Korean leader as saying that he "would watch a little more the foolish conduct" of the Americans before making a decision.

Kim reportedly said that in order to defuse tensions and prevent a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the United States should choose the proper option first and show it through action.

Pyongyang is believed to be sending a warning to the United States, which plans to start joint military drills with South Korea on August 21st.


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2017年8月15日

Japan marks 72 years since end of WWII

The people of Japan will commemorate 72 years since the end of World War Two on Tuesday.

About 5,700 people, including bereaved relatives, are expected to attend a government-sponsored memorial service in Tokyo to remember the roughly 3.1 million Japanese who lost their lives in the war.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give a speech. At noon, participants will observe a minute of silence.

Following an address by the Emperor, participants will lay chrysanthemum flowers on an altar.

78 percent of bereaved relatives who plan to attend the event are 70 years of age or older.

A total of 6 widows who lost their husbands in the war will attend the ceremony, the fewest ever.

The oldest widow to attend is 101. Her husband died during a battle in Okinawa. She plans to attend the service along with her family.

The government has invited 123 youth under the age of 18 years old from around the country to attend the ceremony. The aim is to pass on experiences of the war to future generations.

Bereaved relatives and local governments will also hold commemorative events across the nation to pay tribute to the war dead and promote peace.


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2017年8月12日

Japan deploys missile interceptors

Japanese defense authorities have deployed missile interceptors in western parts of the country. The move follows North Korea's threat to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam.

North Korea says its ballistic missiles will fly over the 3 Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi before landing in waters off Guam. Pyongyang says it will complete drafting its launch plan by the middle of this month.

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force units in charge of the PAC3 interceptor system arrived on Saturday in the 3 prefectures and nearby Ehime Prefecture.

The Self-Defense Forces have stepped up round-the-clock monitoring of North Korean moves.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force has sent a ship to the Sea of Japan. The destroyer is equipped with the Aegis advanced radar system to track ballistic missiles.


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2017年8月10日

N.Korea warns US of plan for missiles to Guam

North Korea has warned the United States that it will complete its plan by mid-August to fire ballistic missiles toward waters off Guam.

The Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army on Wednesday issued a spokesperson's statement that it is considering implementing the plan.

On Thursday, the commander of the Force announced concrete details of the plan via the state-run media.

He said the Force is considering firing 4 Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles simultaneously. He said they will travel over Japan's prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi before falling into waters 30 to 40 kilometers off Guam.

He said the trajectories will travel a distance of 3,356.7 kilometers, taking 1,065 seconds.

The commander added the Force will wait for an order from leader Kim Jong Un after reporting the completed plan by the middle of this month.

US and South Korean forces plan to conduct annual joint drills in South Korea from August 21st.

A sense of alert is growing in the international community over possible test-launches of missiles by the North coinciding with the drills.


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2017年8月9日

Nagasaki remembers the victims

Nagasaki marks the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing. People across the city are offering prayers for the dead and sharing their wishes for peace.

Praying at the Peace Park near Ground Zero, a 70-year-old survivor said, "We should never forget the day of the atomic bombing. These efforts are essential to protect world peace."

An elementary school girl said, "I prayed for a world without nuclear weapons. I want to let people know how precious peace is."

An 88 year-old man said he places letters in his parents' grave every year. He said, "9 of my family members were killed by the bomb. I was the only one that survived. Nuclear weapons must never be used again."

At a corner near Ground Zero, about 100 teenagers formed a human chain. They are urging the Japanese government to join the international treaty banning nuclear arms.

One teenage girl participant said, "I am determined that young people like myself must work hard to prevent the tragedy fading from people's memories."

At the symbolic Urakami Cathedral, about 500 meters from Ground Zero, Christians held a Mass offering prayers.


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2017年8月8日

Wang: 'Disappointed' over S. China Sea issue

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Japan's handling of the South China Sea issue was behind his expression of "disappointment" with Japan's new foreign minister.

At a news conference in Manila on Monday, Wang told reporters that they should know what made China disappointed, if they read a joint statement released by the foreign ministers of Japan, the US and Australia.

The statement expresses grave concern over maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

Wang said the biggest achievement made during the series of meetings was the fact that the situation in the South China Sea has stabilized, thanks to efforts by China and ASEAN members.
He indicated that outside parties, such as Japan and the US, were complicating matters.

Wang, however, signaled a willingness to build favorable ties with Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono. He said he felt that Kono was a person he could get along with, when the 2 discussed their diplomatic ideals.


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2017年8月5日

US representative to attend Hiroshima ceremony

The US government is to send its representative to a ceremony in Hiroshima to remember the 1945 US atomic bombing of the city for the 8th consecutive year.

The charge d'affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in Japan is among the foreign guests who will attend the annual ceremony on Sunday. The list of guests was released by the municipal government.

Hiroshima officials say 80 countries and the European Union will send their ambassadors or officials to the ceremony at Peace Memorial Park. The number of countries is down 11 from last year, but is still the third largest ever.

The United States sent its representative to the ceremony for 7 consecutive years during the administration of Barack Obama.

Ambassadors from nuclear powers including Britain, France, and Russia will also attend. An envoy of China is expected to be absent.

Foreign guests are to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Saturday and hear the accounts of atomic bombing survivors, or hibakusha, at events hosted by the municipal government.


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2017年8月3日

US test-fires ICBM

The US military has test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in an apparent show of deterrence against North Korea.

The Air Force said on Wednesday that it successfully fired an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile at 2:10 AM that day from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

It said the missile sent a re-entry vehicle about 6,700 kilometers across the Pacific to a target area at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The Air Force said it was the 4th test of an ICBM this year and these are regularly conducted to show the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapons system. They say the latest test is not a countermeasure against North Korea's 2 test-launches of ballistic missiles last month.

But an Air Force official did say the test-launch shows US readiness to defend the nation and its allies, and deter an attack at any time, apparently with North Korea in mind.


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Abe reshuffles Cabinet

Japan's prime minister has officially released the lineup of his new Cabinet.
And Shinzo Abe is making an overhaul, replacing more than half of his ministers.

His cabinet has faced a series of scandals and falling poll numbers. Abe is now turning to some political veterans for help.

One familiar face Abe brought back is Itsunori Onodera. He will become the Defense Minister. Onodera held the position for almost 2 years in the cabinet Abe put together when he returned to power in 2012.

His appointment is seen as an effort to prop up the Defense Ministry. It has been hit by a major cover-up scandal that forced Tomomi Inada to step down as minister last week.

Abe has enlisted Taro Kono as Foreign Minister. He is a former National Public Safety Commission Chairperson.
Kono has replaced Fumio Kishida who has moved into a major policy role inside the Liberal Democratic Party.

Abe has named Seiko Noda as his new Internal Affairs and Communications Minister. Noda had planned to challenge Abe in the LDP's leadership race 2 years ago and appeared to be distancing herself from him.
The move is seen as an effort by Abe to include a broader range of party members.

Some key ministers are keeping their jobs including the finance and economy ministers and the Chief Cabinet Secretary.


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2017年7月31日

Nominating Osaka ancient tombs for World Heritage

Japan will nominate a group of ancient burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, for inscription on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List.

A council for the Cultural Affairs Agency made the decision on Monday.

The Mozu-Furuichi tumulus clusters consist of 49 mounds built between the late 4th century and the late 5th century.

Experts say they represent how royal authority developed in the Japanese archipelago.

Among them, a keyhole-shaped mound believed to be for an Emperor, is one of the world's largest tombs, measuring 486 meters in length.

Around it are circular and square mounds of various sizes and forms, depending on the rank of the buried person.

The agency says the monuments have universal value.

The government plans to submit a provisional nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre by the end of September.

The World Heritage Committee is expected to discuss in 2019 whether to put the group of mounds on the list.


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Former school operator head arrested

The former head of a school operator at the center of a controversial state land deal has been arrested.
Yasunori Kagoike came into the spotlight months earlier over the deal as well as his links to the prime minister.
Prosecutors have detained Kagoike on a separate but related charge.

They suspect Kagoike and his wife Junko defrauded the government for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
They believe the couple inflated the estimated costs of building a school in order to receive more subsidies.

Kagoike had already been given a discount of more than 80% of the appraisal cost of this land in the western prefecture of Osaka.
The school was supposed to open there until the deal focused more and more scrutiny on him.
Investigators are still expected to look into it.

Opposition lawmakers suspect it was struck because of links to the Prime Minister.

His wife Akie was honorary principal of the planned school until the scrutiny grew and she distanced herself from it.

Shinzo Abe flatly denies playing any role in the land transaction.


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2017年7月29日

N. Korea announces ICBM successful launch

North Korea says the missile it launched on Friday night was an intercontinental ballistic missile.

State media said Saturday morning the country had successfully achieved a second test firing of a Hwasong-14 ICBM. Leader Kim Jong Un reportedly observed the launch.

The report says the missile reached an altitude of 3,724.9 kilometers and flew a distance of 998 kilometers. The flight took 47 minutes and 12 seconds.

The missile was fired from Mupyong-ri in Jagang Province in the north of the country around 11:41 PM Friday, toward the Sea of Japan. It came down in waters inside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The North claimed it had launched a Hwasong-14 missile on July 4th.


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2017年7月28日

Abe accepts Inada's resignation

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his acceptance of Defense Minister Tomomi Inada's resignation. He offered an apology to the Japanese people.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Abe said Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will also serve as Defense Minister, replacing Inada. He said Japan cannot allow any gaps in handling its security situation.

Earlier, Abe met with Inada to discuss the results of the Defense Ministry's internal probe into the alleged mishandling of activity logs of Japan' peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Abe said Inada handed him a letter of resignation and told him she would like to take responsibility as defense chief.

Abe said he accepted Inada's offer to step down in consideration of her strong will to do so.

Abe added that the responsibility for appointing ministers lies completely with him. He said he is aware of the need to take seriously the harsh criticisms leveled against his ministers by the public. He said he wants to offer a heartfelt apology.

Abe vowed to do his utmost to maintain vigilance and ensure the safety of the Japanese public in the face of deepening threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.


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2017年7月24日

Princess Diana remembered by her sons

Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry have shared memories of their mother, Princess Diana ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death next month.

The former Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36.

The princes will appear in a TV documentary about their mother produced by British broadcaster ITV, scheduled to air on Monday.

In one interview, Prince William disclosed that he and his brother last exchanged words with their mother in a phone call made several hours before the accident.
He said he and Harry wanted to quickly say goodbye and go back to playing with their cousins.

He said if he had known what was going to happen he would not have been so blase about it. He added that the phone call sticks in his mind, quite heavily.

Prince Harry also reflected on the incident, calling it incredibly hard. But he also remembered his mother as fun-loving, saying he can still hear her laughter in his head.

The princes recalled the love she showed them. Prince Harry said that even if she was on the other side of the room he could feel it.

The two princes have begun to speak about the death of their mother since this year. They are calling for support and assistance for people suffering from mental illness, based on their own experience of losing their mother.


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2017年7月22日

US to ban travel to N.Korea

The US government says it will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier last month.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday that a geographical travel restriction will be implemented for the North, due to concerns over the serious risk of long-term detention.

The ban comes after Warmbier, who had been detained in the North for more than a year, was brought home in a coma and died less than a week later. He had traveled to North Korea for sightseeing.

The State Department says the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register.

But it also says individuals seeking to travel to the North for certain limited humanitarian and other purposes may apply to the department for a special passport.

The State Department had been considering the ban to prevent Pyongyang from detaining Americans to use as bargaining chips.

Currently there are three Americans being detained by North Korea, and the US government is demanding their release.


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2017年7月21日

Hakuho renews winning record

In professional sumo, Yokozuna grand champion Hakuho now stands alone on top of the all-time wins list with 1048.

Hakuho battled Ozeki champion Takayasu on day 13 of the Nagoya tournament.

The Yokozuna pushed down his opponent, becoming the most winning sumo wrestler in history.

Hakuho now has one more win than former Ozeki Champion Kaio. The Mongolian champion already holds many records including 38 tournament victories.


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2017年7月19日

Officials decided to keep logs quiet

NHK has new information on a scandal that has rocked Japan's defense establishment. Sources close to the Defense Ministry say that top officials decided not to disclose daily logs of the Ground Self-Defense Force's peacekeeping activities in South Sudan.

Ministry officials had maintained the logs had been destroyed, but they later announced that they found the records stored in personal computers at its command.

The sources say Administrative Vice Defense Minister Tetsuro Kuroe, Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff, General Toshiya Okabe, and other senior officials held a meeting on February 15th to discuss how to deal with the logs.

The sources say the officials decided they do not need to disclose the logs because the records are personal data stored by GSDF officers and it is unclear whether the logs are documents that should be made public.

The sources also say Kuroe and Okabe attended a separate meeting on the same day at the defense minister's office. Defense chief Tomomi Inada was among the attendees.

The sources say Inada asked what the officials have done to try to locate the logs after they received an information disclosure request.

Inada denied on Wednesday media reports that she decided not to disclose the daily logs.

Defense ministry officials have been conducting a special investigation into the matter since March. They plan to present a report before the end of July.


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2017年7月18日

Japan's legendary physician Hinohara dies at 105

Heat wave continues to hit wide areas of Japan

Intense hot weather continued to hit many parts of Japan on Monday.

Temperatures rose to 37.1 degrees Celsius in the city of Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture, and reached 36.8 degrees in Hatoyama Town in Saitama Prefecture.

The mercury rose to 36.2 degrees in Hita City, Oita Prefecture, which was hit by torrential rain recently. Central Tokyo saw its temperatures reach 35 degrees.

The Meteorological Agency forecasts that the heat wave will continue on Tuesday. It urges people to keep hydrated and use air conditioners to prevent heatstroke.

NHK has found that at least 613 people across Japan were treated for symptoms of heatstroke on Monday. Three of them are in critical condition.
     

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Floats parade in Gion Festival in Kyoto

Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday.

A total of 23 floats were paraded through the city. It's a highlight of the month-long summer festival.

The procession began when a child wearing an ancient costume and riding on the lead float cut a sacred rope.

Spectators applauded when the floats had to make right-angle turns. Groups of residents pulling the floats laid bamboo under the wheels to slide and turn them around.

About 220,000 people gathered along the route to see the procession.

Ten more floats will take to the streets on August 24th.



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